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Strabismus in Children


Strabismus is a condition that causes your child's eyes to look in different directions. It is also called squint, crossed eye, or walleye. Your child's eye muscles do not work properly to control his eye movement. This condition may only occur sometimes, or it may be present all the time.

Eye Anatomy


Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child loses vision in his eye.
  • Your child has a severe headache, dizziness, or vomiting.

Contact your child's ophthalmologist if:

  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child has blurred or double vision.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Have your child wear an eye patch as directed:

An eye patch will cover your child's stronger eye. This will help his weaker eye to work more and get stronger.

Eye Patch

Have your child wear eyewear as directed:

Eyeglasses can help your child's eyes work together.

Help your child do eye exercises:

Your child's healthcare provider may recommend exercises that will help improve your child's eye movement and focus. Ask the healthcare provider about the best eye exercises for him.

Follow up with your child's ophthalmologist as directed:

Take your child for regular eye exams every 6 to 12 months. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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